Currently gearing up for the release of their new full-length opus titled ‘Unconquered’ on September 25th via Nuclear Blast Records (pre-order), Canadian melodic death metal titans Kataklysm have announced the departure of drummer Oli Beaudoin, who joined the band in 2013. They now welcome James Payne (ex-Hour of Penance, ex-Vital Remains, ex-Necromega + more) to the fold.
In a statement released today, the band said:
*New Drummer alert !
Kataklysm have officially parted ways with drummer Oli beaudoin, we would like to thank him for his work on the past four albums and his professionalism on the live stage over the last few years, we wish him all the best with his future Endeavors.
With that being said, we are excited to welcome acclaimed Los Angeles based drumming monster James Payne (Hour of Penance, Hiss from the Moat, Vital Remains) to the Kataklysm family, James will be behind the throne for the upcoming “Unconquered” world campaign and beyond. Please Give him a warm welcome 🔥🤘
I am thrilled and honored to join Kataklysm and participate in a piece of their amazing legacy! I’ve been a fan of the band since I was in High school, and to think of sharing the stages around the world with them is incredible! I can’t wait to start this experience and give the fans all I have behind the drums at every show we’ll play and beyond!
Check out James in action via this new instrumental playthrough clip for the band’s new single “The Killshot”: